Thoughts

Afraid of Change

I speak to people now and then who talk about all these dreams they have, how they would like to run their own business, take more vacations, retire early, travel, move into a bigger home, take 3 months and go on a mission trip, etc. – but it all ends up being empty talk. When I speak to them again 6 months, 1 year, 3 years later, they are still…

Joy In The Journey – Part 3 – Zaire (cont.)

Joy In The Journey – Part 3 – Zaire (cont.)

This is the second half of my 1988 summer trip to Zaire.  Here is the first half. Haut Zaire The second half of the summer began when Tim Doggett loaded us three interns into his 6-passenger, twin-engine Aztec Piper and flew us over the rain forest to the small village of Bafwasende.  There we met up with a couple of missionary families, the Bairds, and the Waltons. They quickly moved us out…

Joy In The Journey – Part 3 – Zaire

Joy In The Journey – Part 3 – Zaire

From Springfield, IL in high school, to Lincoln, IL in college, to Zaire, Africa after college. If you missed the first two parts, they are here – part 1 & part 2 This series on “Joy in the Journey” has been about my journey, starting in the summer of 1983, now up to the summer of 1988.  The summer of 1988 will go down as one of the greatest summers…

Wow… 4 Months Of Silence

It’s amazing how weeks and months can slip by without so much as a post or replying to a comment.  I thought I was busier than I actually was I guess. I just returned from an 8-day trip to Washington, DC. It had been 34 years since I was there last.  I was a chaperone on a Junior Class trip at my daughter’s school. Without going into all of the…

Your Girl – Music Video

You need to check out this YouTube video of my daughter.  She wrote and composed this song.  She has others that she has done, but this is the first one we have put to video. Go watch it directly on YouTube by clicking Play, and then clicking the video again to go to the YouTube site.  Once you are there, rate it with 5 stars and leave a comment if…

Mark McGwire’s Admission

Today Mark McGwire admitted to his use of steriods.  We all knew that, and in many ways McGwire already admitted to much of that when he was a player, and were not banned substances at the time anyway.  They may have been hush-hush, but not banned. Anyway, whether you confess and apologize on the spot, or down the road, it’s always the right time.  I support him in what he…

3 Regrets In My Life

I have lived enough of my life thinking about the past that I will be the first to say that it is a waste of time.  The sooner you let go of the past, the sooner you can get on to living life.  No whining; no bitching; no complaining.  Living life responsibly and to the fullest. With that said, the only reason to think about the past is to teach…

Joy In The Journey – Part 2 – The Butlers

Joy In The Journey – Part 2 – The Butlers

( Here is the link for the previous part – Joy In The Journey – Part 1) After leaving camp, I didn’t have a compass or point on the horizon to guide me. I was 18 years old and trying to figure out what to do with the rest of my life and what to do with God’s call.  While I was not a new Christian, I wasn’t accustomed to “following”…

Joy In The Journey – Part 1 – The Call

Joy In The Journey – Part 1 – The Call

I believe that if you sit down with anyone, you can find that everyone has an incredible story of the journey they have been on in life.  One thing is for sure when you begin reflecting back on life, or listening to someone else’s story, you realize that life isn’t easy… but if you are honest and can look back and see how you’ve grown, you would agree with Michael Card…

Why I Don’t Twitter and Facebook

I must get dozens of emails per week about following someone on Twitter or joining as a friend on Facebook.   I don’t have a Twitter account and I no longer have a Facebook account.  If you listen to some people, they would say I am stupid, crazy, and insane not to have a Twitter account where I could get thousands of people to follow me. I closed my Facebook account…

I don’t know… Maybe Obama ain’t so bad

I was at 7-11 yesterday before picking up my daughter from softball practice.  Inside the store there were 5 African-American guys all wearing Obama sweatshirts, buttons, hats, and other stuff.  I thought to myself, “Give me a break.”  He’s just the president.  I voted for McCain.  I am a STRONG support of President Bush.  I despise and think it is deplorable the way people, the media, and the Democrats have…

Sanctity of Life

On January 22, 1973, a monumental decision was passed down by the U.S. Supreme Court to legalize abortion in America, better known now as Roe v. Wade. In my opinion, this stands as one of the top 5 dates in U.S. history. Bigger than Pearl Harbor. Bigger than Emancipation Proclamation. In addition, one of the greatest messages on the 33rd anniversary was delivered in Arlington, TX.  This message is now…